Archive for the 'Gaming' Category

Biomorph.js: Natural Selection in JavaScript

For his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins developed a program that created “biomorphs”: virtual creatures created by a computer simulation. The simulation, called Biomorph, was developed in order to demonstrate the power of natural selection.

Recently, in an effort to better understand how the Biomorph program worked, I decided to implement it myself in JavaScript using the HTML5 canvas element. The result of this endeavour can be found here and the GitHub repository here. Read more to learn how to use the Biomorph program.

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YouTube Basic Sidescroller Tutorial in FlashDevelop

As I’ve made up my mind to learn Flash, and don’t want to pay a honkin’ amount of cash, I decided to go with a free Flash IDE called FlashDevelop.

Since I’m toying around with the idea of sidescrollers, I did a search for “Flash sidescroller tutorial” and found this excellent 3-parter by devnote.org.  Unfortunately (for me), the tutorial expects that you’re using Adobe’s Flash IDE.  Thus, as a contribution to the web (and myself… mostly myself), I translated the tutorial to work with FlashDevelop.  Read on to see how I did it, or just grab the source here.

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Wezzle price drop

As some of you may know, I’m a co-founder of the indie games company Couchware Inc. About a month ago, we released Wezzle, our first title. A few days ago we released a free web version of the game called Wezzle for Web (which you should try out! :)).

As if there wasn’t already enough Wezzle awesomeness going around, we just reduced the price of the game to $4.99 (from $14.99). So, if you haven’t yet grabbed a copy of Wezzle, I highly recommend you do it now.

For those of you unfamiliar with Wezzle, it’s a casual puzzler that features four unique items, 3 difficulty modes, 10 original songs and eye-poppingly colourful graphics.

What I Liked About Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy, a.k.a. FF1, is an NES RPG first published in Japan in 1987 and then in North America 3 years later.  I remember when I first played it as a kid at my friend Dave’s house.  It blew my mind.  I would dream about Fighters and Red Mages and making the orbs shine again.

Final Fantasy 1 BattleRecently, FF1 was released on the Wii Virtual Console and, even though I already owned it on my NES, I felt the urge to play the classic again without the fear of my NES crashing because I blinked too hard.

So I flipped on my Wii, downloaded the game, and played it for about 2-3 hours a night for a week (keep in mind I logged many, many hours playing this game as a child).  Here are my thoughts on the title.

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